Deadline: Marilyn Brown Novel Award (MBNA)

The deadline for submission postmarks is October 1st.

The guidelines can be found on Marilyn Brown’s website ( or on the website for the UVU Department of English and Literature, but following are the basics:



  • Themes: Predominantly western regional experiences, or LDS focus.
  • Genres: Predominantly literary mainstream considered.
  • Typing: Readable type (12 point) on regular white paper (8 1/2 x 11), double-spaced.
  • Copy: Double-sided, back and front like a book (to cut paper bulk).


  • Binding: Spiral binding only.
  • Title Page: Include title page,but without author’s name.
  • Hidden ID: Place title, real name, address, email address, phone number inside a sealed envelope.
  • Title on Envelope: Remember to write the title (only) on the outside of the envelope.
  • Qualifying: Any manuscript deviating from format will be disqualified.
  • Returns: No returns unless SASE is included. No loose stamps, please.
  • Postmark: Must be postmarked by October 1 each year.
  • Previous Winners: Check out published novels by Jack Harrell, Todd Robert Petersen, Arianne Cope, Jeff Call, Robert Goble, John Bennion, and others.

Marilyn Brown Novel Competition
c/o Associate Professor Jen Wahlquist, Administrator
Department of English & Literature, Mail Stop 153
Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058

About Jonathan Langford

Hi! I'm the coordinator for the AML blog, a critic and reviewer of Mormon literature and sf&f, and an aspiring creative writer with one published novel. To contact me about the AML blog, email jonathan AT langfordwriter DOT com.
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5 Responses to Deadline: Marilyn Brown Novel Award (MBNA)

  1. Wm says:

    What’s the minimum length that the contest will consider? I don’t have anything to submit — I’m just curious.

    • Hi, Wm! MINIMUM? Around 200 pages, usually, but I suppose a tough, AMAZING, exemplary novel of 150 might be considered. Below that seems to be a novella? WHAT IS the Whitney rule? Maybe follow that one?

  2. Th. says:


    Good question as the Whitney’s are very strict about this.

  3. Found out Whitney is 50,000 words. That’s good enough. Unless your novel is 47,000 and absolutely phenomenal. We’re probably not quite as strict as Whitney.

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